What do embedded strategies look like? Once school personnel have an understanding of how to promote positive mental health and help prevent mental health challenges, there are endless ways in which strategies can be embedded throughout the school day.
Embedded strategies involves collaboration between teachers and school personnel with mental health training (e.g. occupational therapists, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, etc.) to plan and skillfully integrate mental health promotion services within the classroom curriculum.
Here are four short video clips depicting how occupational therapists (OTs) and school counselors have embedded mental health promotion strategies into general education and special education (resource rooms).
Video #1: Lezlie Fahl Kinder, OTR/L, is facilitating an activity-based group focusing on mental health literacy with special education students in a resource room.
Video #2: Robin Kirschenbaum, OTD, OTR/L, is embedding social and emotional learning (SEL) and self-regulation strat- egies within a co-teaching model in an integrated general education classroom.
Video #3: Carol Conway, MS, OTR/L, Kristen Gilliland, MS, School Counselor, and Katielynn Walace, MEd, Third Grade Intervention Specialist talk about the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration and integrating related services using a co-teaching model in order to help students learn how to be mentally healthy using Zones of Regulation (Kuyper, 2011).
Video #4: Crystal Boyd, MOT, OTR/L, Kathleen Burke, MTAA, swim instructor, Naomi Ersof, MEd, Intervention Specialist talk about the importance of integrated related services in order to help students with disabilities successfully participate in a community-based swimming program.